Physical Therapist Assistant Program Associate Degree

Physical Therapist Assistant Program Associate Degree
Newport County Campus • Applications for Fall 2014-16 • PHTA
Program start date: Fall • Full time day program
Admissions Guidelines
Minimum requirements to apply to the Physical Therapist Assistant program:
Complete and submit a CCRI Application for Enrollment. General Studies should be first choice, PHTA should be second choice.
Send an official copy of the applicant’s high school transcript or GED, including date of graduation or, if the applicant holds a
baccalaureate degree from an accredited college/university, the high school transcript may be waived; college transcript must indicate
completion and degree awarded.
Must earn English placement test results (Accuplacer) issued by CCRI through the Office of Advising & Counseling must show
readiness to take ENGL 1010: Composition I or the applicant must have completed ENGL 1005: College Writing with a grade of “C” or
Demonstrate competency at MATH 1420 level by placing into MATH 1420 through the standardized test (Accuplacer) or completion
of MATH 0500 with a “C” or better. The following courses will substitute for MATH 1420: MATH 1200, 1210, 1430, 1470, 1475, 1550,
1560, 1670, 1680, 1700, 1710, 1900, 1910, 1920, 2910. (Highest grade earned in any of these courses will be calculated in the point system)
Complete a standardized test (Accuplacer) issued by CCRI through the Office of Advising & Counseling. Competency of 75 or above is
required for reading comprehension or completion of ENGL 0890: Critical Reading with a grade of “B-” or better.
Completion of RHAB 1100: Foundational Kinesiology is recommended and may be considered in the Performance Based Acceptance
Completion of the following courses with a grade of “B-” or better:
BIOL 1010: Human Anatomy
PHTA 1000: Introduction to the Physical Therapist Assistant
RHAB 1010: Medical Terminology for Rehabilitative Health
A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better for all college courses taken.
Complete Preadmission Degree Evaluation.
Complete and submit performance-based Health Sciences Application Form. Please note the Performance Criteria located
on the back of this form. The application and instructions can be found at
The minimum requirements must be completed satisfactorily BEFORE submission of Performance-Based Health Sciences
application and do not guarantee acceptance to the program. Students declining acceptance into the program for the
semester offered must resubmit a Performance-Based Health Sciences application for the program and meet the current
admission requirements for the application period in which they reapply. Once accepted into Physical Therapist Assistant
Program, the student must attend a mandatory orientation conducted by the Rehabilitative Health Department.
Technical Standards: The physical activity level for the Physical Therapist Assistant is classified as “medium” by the Department of Labor
in the Dictionary of Occupational Titles. Students must have the ability to perform essential physical skills and demonstrate the
cognitive and behavioral skills or be able to perform those using compensatory techniques and/or adaptive devices. These Essential Skills
can be found at
Students are required to submit background check when directed by notification from Enrollment Services. Final
acceptance to the program is dependent on the results of the background check. Anyone convicted of a crime may be
unable to attend clinical experiences. No incident or probation must have occurred within the past 5 years. Applicants
convicted of a felony need to comply with state licensure requirements.
General policies following acceptance
After being accepted and prior to beginning the program:
 Students must have a physical examination and required immunizations completed prior to starting the program.
 Students must also have a current CPR card (American Heart Association, Health Care Provider Level) obtained through an
American Heart Association recognized community training center (Course is available at CCRI–HEAL 0200.)
For more information:
Office of Enrollment Services, Newport County Campus: Deborah Watson, 401-851-1637, [email protected]
If more specific information is needed, contact Kimberly Crealey Rouillier, Physical Therapist Assistant program director, at
[email protected]
Physical Therapist Assistant Program
Admissions guidelines
Rev. 12/20/13
PHTA Program Admission Criteria Point System
The performance-based acceptance process is based on the performance indicators identified for the PHTA program. A point system has
been assigned to each of the performance criteria listed in the admissions information on the CCRI website. The criteria for the incoming class in Fall 2014 will include:
Program GPA
Prerequisite GPA
Number of required general education courses completed
Grades in BIOL 1010, RHAB 1010 and PHTA 1000 (prerequisite courses)
Reading score
Average program overall and prerequisite GPA Points
(rounded to the tenth)
2.5-2.9 20
3.0-3.4 30
3.5-3.9 40
>3.95 50
(Number of general education courses completed with a grade of C or better - 5 points each)
ENGL 1010 5
COMM 1100
BIOL 1020 5
MATH 1420 5
PSYC 2010 5
PSYC 2030 5
Grades in the prerequisite courses using the following scale:
A = 40 points
B = 25 points
C = 10 points
A- = 35 points B- = 20 points
B+ = 30 points C+ = 15 points
Reading score
Bachelor’s degree or a score of 95 or greater on the
ACCUPLACER reading test or “A” in ENGL 0890
Maximum Point Total
205 points
In the event of a tie in the Performance Rating, students who are tied and have completed RHAB 1100: Foundational
Kinesiology will receive preference over those who have not. If a tie still exists, a separate calculation will be performed
using grades achieved in the required general education courses that are completed. Students will receive points for grades
in these courses using the scale used for the prerequisite courses. In the event that there continues to be a tie, priority will
be given according to the date and time that the application was submitted.
Maximum tie breaker points
Grade in ENGL 1010
Grade in COMM1100
Grade in BIOL 1020 •
Grade in MATH 1420 •
Grade in PSYC 2010 •
Grade in PSYC 2030
Grade in RHAB 1100
Grade in BIOL 1010
Grade in RHAB 1010
Grade in PHTA 1000
5 280 points
Credits granted through AP, CLEP, challenge exams or
assessment for prior learning will be recognized as satisfying
course requirements and will be assigned points equivalent to
a “B.”
***A student with a baccalaureate degree or higher may still be required to complete an
ACCUPLACER Test depending on the prerequisites for individual general education courses.***
Please review the Department of Health website at to learn about licensing requirements for
the health sciences professions. PLEASE NOTE: A Social Security number is required to begin the licensing process for the health sciences professions.